Yesterday, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Amazon hosted 13 patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital for a day of surprises and educational activities. During the event, Amazon gave patients the chance to participate in Camp Amazon: Gold Edition, a day camp packed with STEM activities.
In addition, Amazon leaders surprised patients and survivors with a $30,000 donation to Penn State Children’s Hospital. More than 300,000 children around the world are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year and it is the number one non-communicable disease causing the death of children around the world. Amazon spokespeople shared why it is so important for Amazon to support this cause.
Camp Amazon: Gold Edition is part of Amazon’s national effort, Amazon Goes Gold, to raise awareness around childhood cancer. Over the course of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September), Camp Amazon: Gold Edition will donate more than $4.25 million to hospitals, research organizations, and advocacy non-profits nationwide.
Camp Amazon gives children a chance to be exposed to and get excited about STEM and learn how creative thinking is critical to Amazon Operations. Through this experience, according to an Amazon spokesperson, Amazon wants to encourage every child affected by cancer to continue imagining themselves as future innovators and expose them to the community and resources possible to do so.
“Penn State Children’s Hospital and Four Diamonds are so thankful and appreciative to have Amazon here today. Community support is critical to helping our oncology patients, and the STEM event and financial support given by Amazon is a shining example of our corporate partners stepping up to make a difference. We’re so thankful to have Amazon here and we welcome them back any time to bring some joy and smiles to our patients,” Gil Pak, operations director at Penn State Children’s Hospital, said during the event yesterday.
Since 2016, Amazon has donated more than $1.5 million in Pennsylvania through monetary and in-kind donations to the local public schools, nonprofit organizations and charities, such as Lehigh Children’s Hospital, Animal Health & Welfare, Mary’s Shelter and Children’s Home of Easton. Donations range from new STEM makerspaces, backpacks filled with school supplies, Kindle donations that support childhood and adult literacy, and essential items and gifts to families in need during the holidays. There are 44,000 charitable organizations in Pennsylvania that Amazon customers can support simply by shopping on smile.amazon.com.
For more Information on Camp Amazon, visit amazon.com/gogold.